Whatever to Naomi Riley
She’s awful and proud of it.
The big issues here are :
- how do we mobilize INTELLECTUALLY to protect and validate these important fields. This will not stop at Black Studies.
- how does the Chronicle get held accountable for awful editorial policy and milquetoast integrity. You want to encourage debate and discussion with someone whose basis is ” I can say what I want” . That’s disrespectful to the academe and to the work year scholars put in
- MOST IMPORTANT! How do we begin to create a culture ,PRACTICE AND by this point it needs to be RITUAL around defending and protecting the right to live, study and respect POC if we bring them into academe as topics? With all the fervor we spend being angry at this woman and the next one. We do not have to agree . We don’t have to join hands and sing kumbaya but unless we as researchers, thinkers, and writers get to the point where we look at these topics and people as NECESSARY to intellectual life shit will keep happening .
We are not fighting the transgressor. We are protecting our own
yes. and i am particularly aggravated that she decides, in both articles, to specifically point to the history of black midwifery as being irrelevant to intellectual study.
black maternal and infant mortality rates are horrific but figuring out why it is happening or how to stop black mamas and babies dying is not worthy of anyone’s time, effort or money.
but there are not enough hours in the day or money in the world to get me to read a dissertation on historical black midwifery. In fact, I’d venture to say that fewer than 20 people in the whole world will read it.
yes. we know. black survival is an obscure and partisan idea.
bolding mine, because: BAM. nailed it in one.
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- seanpadilla said: I resent the Chronicle for trying to frame Naomi Riley’s article as an opportunity for debate. I feel like they’re just doing that to get more Web traffic. A debate requires ALL involved parties to do research. Naomi is a bully, not a debater.
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- crunkfeministcollective said: We need coordination across universities and disciplines. maybe it means raising these brilliant ?’s at gatherings where there’s a critical mass like conferences where folks can begin to create new rituals and be more strategic abt engaging this stuf
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